Read her account of it here:
AB: I’ve just returned from Somerville College, one of the colleges of Oxford University, and one of the very first for women. I spoke for an hour on the topic of Women in the Arts, a subject which is dear to me.
I felt extremely honoured to be invited to such a prestigious institution to come and give this lecture. I spoke to these fearless young people, who will be leaders in the years to come, and it made me think about just how much energy can be wasted in the media when they focus on, and ask women pointless questions about their gender. Nowadays, there are so many more relevant, productive and powerful things to be curious about when learning from our stories, not as women, but as people.
I was both inspired and challenged during the process of writing the talk I gave. The topics included my own particular path into the music profession and music industry, and the opportunities and challenges I experienced; gender differences and equality in general - in the brass world, the music world, and as a parent; how to negotiate for yourself; what it takes to attain, and then maintain a career as as solo performer; the correlation of likability and success for men versus women; the differences I’ve encountered teaching masterclasses at Conservatories internationally; discipline and transferrable skills; my thoughts on the early 21st century as ‘The Age of the Artist’; the recording industry and it’s changes; how to make your own opportunities; the value of the arts on our society; and having courage to go forward into the arts for both genders, but especially for women.
The warm welcome and attentive listening I experienced perfectly reflected the ethos of Somerville College, and it was impossible not to find their lust for life infectious.